Panic attacks can make you feel like you’re losing control of not only your body but your mind as well. Panic attacks are times of severe anxiety or stress, usually caused by a certain trigger. They are usually characterized by increased heart pace, rise in blood pressure, shortened or difficulty breathing, and even dizziness. Anxiety attacks are horrifying; many sufferers compare the feeling of a panic attack to that of having a heart attack, so needless to say panic attacks are pretty tough, and serious.
The good thing about panic attacks is, that, unlike many other afflictions, there are methods to decreasing the severity and likelihood of a panic attack. Along with prescription medication and some type of counseling or therapy, there are ways to go about easing your anxiety as you feel a panic attack coming on, and keeping the clarity of mind during a panic attack to help bring yourself down.
If you are experiencing shortness of breath and feel that it may be a symptom of a panic attack, there are ways you can try to control your breathing to ease the anxiety you are feeling, or will soon be feeling. Cover your nose and mouth with your hands by cupping them over your face and breathe slowly in and out, as controlled as possible. It won’t be easy at first, but soon enough you should have slowed your breathing down enough so that your brain can start getting some oxygen again, and hopefully ease the rest of the symptoms you are experiencing if any.
However difficult it may be, try not to focus on what it is you are feeling when you feel a panic attack coming on. This will only cause the brain to react more, and perhaps worsen the symptoms. Instead, control your breathing and focus on something entirely different from where you are and what you are doing. If you have a ‘Happy Place,’ go to it. If you can take your mind off of your current environment, you may be able to rid your brain of whatever it was in your environment or your mind that triggered the attack in the first place.
Panic attacks can come on at any time of the day, no matter where you are. They are just an exaggeration of the body’s natural reaction to extreme stress or anxiety; since the reaction is created in the brain, you can actually use the brain to help your symptoms subside. Try to consistently remind yourself that what you are experiencing is a natural reaction and that it will go away. Remind yourself that no, you are not going crazy, and yes, these feelings you are having will go away.
If you are a panic attack sufferer, take heart. There are ways to get around the symptoms you are feeling, and there are people out there who are willing to help you if you just look. The anxiety you feel during a panic attack will eventually go away after a while, even though it may not feel like that at the time. It’s just a matter of learning to take control of your mind or your body.